Teddy Bears Anonymous announced Friday they’re joining forces with RPS, who will have plush toys to give to children dealing with a traumatic or scary experience.
“It just happens, it works out at Christmas time,” said founder Luke Lawrence, who noted the partnership is a perfect one. “We hope they don’t have to use these teddy bears.”
Teddy Bears Anonymous was founded over a decade ago, after Lawrence and his wife Jan lost their daughter Erin to cancer.
“When Erin was in hospital, there was only two things she received- she received flowers and she received quite a few teddy bears,” said Luke. “The flowers didn’t last very long, but the teddy bears stuck around for a while.”
Since it’s inception, the organization has handed out over 130,000 teddy bears.
Having these toys will be of great value of service, something acknowledged by RPS Staff Sargeant Dean Yadlowski .
“Being a good community partner is a very important part of what Regina Police Service represents and what we want to be,” he said. “We couldn’t be more proud of the partnership with Teddy Bears Anonymous and this initiative in having teddy bears in our patrol cars in cases of traumatic circumstances.”